Thursday, November 26, 2020

Willemstad – Dr. Glenn A.E. Thodé has been appointed in the Council of Ministers of June 19th, 2020 as a member upon the proposal of the public entities Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba as of July 1st, 2020. He succeeds Mr. Herbert Domacassé, whose term expires on July 1st.

Mr. Thodé has held various positions on Bonaire and Aruba. As of 2012, he is Rector of the University of Aruba. Previously, he was Lieutenant Governor of Bonaire from 2008 to 2011: the first years he held the position for the Island Territory of Bonaire, and from October 2010 on for the Public Entity of Bonaire.

At the beginning of his career - from 1992 to 1998 - Thodé worked as a software instructor and system administrator. After completing his law studies, he continued his career in academia for more than ten years, during which he worked for the University of Aruba and the University of Groningen, among others as a lecturer, scientific (senior) staff member and acting rector. He received his doctorate from the University of Groningen in 2006.

Glenn Thodé will shortly become a board member of the Stichting Scholengemeenschap Bonaire. As of this year, he is chairman of the Nature Trust Foundation and since 2017 chairman of the Electoral Council Aruba. In addition, he leads the Supervisory Committee on the Protection of Personal Data BES as Chairman as of the year 2014.

He has previously held various other social functions. He was chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Stichting Algemeen Pensioenfonds Aruba and chairman of the Advisory Committee on the Evaluation of Consensus Kingdom Laws and of the Advisory Committee on SGB, in order to advise the State Secretary and the Minister of Education, Culture and Science. He was also a member of the Evaluation Committee for the Constitutional Structure of the Caribbean Netherlands (Spies Committee).

Cft Chairman Prof. Raymond Gradus expresses his gratitude to Mr. Herbert Domacassé for the pleasant cooperation and his commitment to financial supervision in the Caribbean Netherlands. Mr. Gradus is looking forward to working with Mr. Glenn Thodé.

PARIS (AP) — A Congolese activist was fined 2,000 euros ($2,320) on Wednesday for trying to take a 19th-century African funeral pole from a Paris museum in a protest against colonial-era injustice that he streamed online. A Paris court convicted Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza and two other activists of attempted theft, but the sentence stopped far short of what they potentially faced for their actions at the Quai Branly Museum: 10 years in prison and 150,000 euros in fines. Activists and defense lawyers viewed the case as a trial about how former empires should atone for past crimes. Diyabanza’s museum action took place in June, amid global protests against racial injustice and colonial-era wrongs unleashed by George Floyd’s death in the U.S. Floyd, a Black man in handcuffs, died May 25 after a white police officer pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for several minutes while Floyd said he couldn’t breathe.

LONDON (AP) — Herbert Kretzmer, the journalist and lyricist best known for his English-language adaptation of the musical Les Miserables, has died. He was 95. His family confirmed Wednesday that Kretzmer died after a long illness with Parkinson’s disease at the London home he shared with his second wife, Sybil Sever. Tributes poured in from giants of the London stage, including theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh, singer Elaine Paige and lyricist Tim Rice. Les Miserables producer Mackintosh said Kretzmer was instrumental in bringing Victor Hugo’s classic tale of defiance and redemption in early 19th century France to the stage in English in October 1985, five years after it had opened in Paris.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stevie Wonder released two new songs Tuesday reflecting the current times that he hopes inspires change. The piano-playing icon dropped the tracks “Where Is Our Love Song” and “Can’t Put It In the Hands of Fate,” which he also announced would be released through his new label So What the Fuss Music, distributed through Universal Music Group’s Republic Records (Wonder was signed to Motown Records for the majority of his career).

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Conchata Ferrell, who became known for her role as Berta the housekeeper on TV’s “Two and a Half Men” after a long career as a character actor on stage and in movies, including “Mystic Pizza” and ”Network,” has died. She was 77. Ferrell died Monday at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles following cardiac arrest, according to publicist Cynthia Snyder. Ferrell soldiered through more than a decade on “Two and a Half Men,” playing opposite Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer until Sheen was fired from the sitcom for erratic behavior that included publicly insulting producer Chuck Lorre.